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Mon 21st April, 2014

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Baker1000 commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

As most kids in the UK in the 90s, I was Sega through and through. (Sonic won the playground battle here) For a long time he was my favourite video game character, especially on Gamecube. During the Wii years I lost interest, and with good reason. Sega lost it's way on the Saturn, that much was clear when I found myself playing Sonic Jam over and over. For those who don't remember, Sonic Jam was basically a compilation of Sonic's Mega Drive greats, with a 3D hub world thrown in that let you explore the history of the series. That 3D world played horribly, and was a sign of things to come.

Except it wasn't, at least not on Dreamcast and Gamecube, for me. The Sonic Adventure games were my favourites, and I even love Sonic Heroes. But the games that really shine for me in that era, were the Sonic Advance titles. 2D classic Sonic games that I couldn't put down. Sonic Rush was also fantastic, and the sequel wasn't bad except the between levels boat riding.

You're right, they should slow down. There's a pattern that has emerged. Every year a game is announced early on, and I always know it will be available by Christmas with a 3DS/DS title of the same name. They seem far too content to release a game every year (or a pair of games) than actually spent time to make them playable. Imagine we had a new 3D Mario platformer every Christmas? They would probably still be good, but would certainly feel rushed.

IMO they need to focus more on the handheld, 2D side scrolling Sonic. They haven't released a dedicated 2D side scroller for handheld since Sonic Rush Adventure in 2007, which saddens me because as I said, I loved the Gameboy Advance and DS titles. They attempted to bring the series back to it's roots with the Sonic 4 games, but they were awful and a shadow of their ancestors. I didn't even finish the second game (partly because it never arrived on Wii and it's awful trying to play on an iPhone touch screen.)

It's time for Sega to bring Sonic back to where he began and do it right this time. Even if it means taking a Mega Drive engine and 16-bit sprite sheet and making an eShop game in the same vein as the Mega Man games did.



Baker1000 commented on Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U):

Of all the changes they've made to the characters and series mainstays, I can't for the life of me work out why they replaced the classic "spring" with something constantly referred to as "bounce pads".



Baker1000 commented on Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of...:

Is there even a review for Sonic Boom from you guys yet? I read they never sent out review copies, and yeah, I've barely seen any reviews for either game.

After the awful 3DS version of Lost World, I decided not to buy the handheld version of this latest pair of games. The Wii U version, of what I've played so far (with gritted teeth might I add) is horrible. There are some cool ideas, like the puzzles catered to specific skills of each character, but overall it's just very poorly executed. I found myself saying the same thing about both versions of Lost World. It feels more like a rushed tie-in for the cartoon, like a cash-in movie game developed by THQ or something.

Speaking of rushed, when was the last time we had to wait more than 12 months for a Sonic game? I swear it's the same every year for the last 5 years. They announce a game in the spring and then chuck us a pair of games in October/November every year. And it always feels like they've released it 6 months too soon to meet this desired 12 monthly deadline of an autumn release.

It's about time they developed a Sonic game specifically for the handheld instead of giving us a "version" of the home console iteration. The last Sonic platform game released solely for a Nintendo handheld was Sonic Rush Adventure in like 2007, which is a shame because before that, the handheld games were where the Sonic series shined most.



Baker1000 commented on Review: Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U eShop ...:

Still hold the Golden Sun games very close to my heart. Absolutely brilliant, mixing the standard RPG fare with the puzzle elements of Zelda. A masterstroke, in fact. I haven't played an RPG with better dungeons. Other RPGs just have you struggling past random encounters whilst finding your way through a maze of rooms and passages, I don't know why more games didn't try to emulate what Golden Sun did to make dungeons interesting.

The music is still superb as well. I enjoyed the DS game, but they really need to make a fourth. I refuse to believe it was a stand alone release with the way they ended it. They left it open for an entirely new story, and the original dilemma that kicked the story off didn't even get solved. I will always hold out hope that they will announce number 4 every E3.



Baker1000 commented on Collectors Be Warned, Some amiibo Figures Will...:

It'll only be the fringe characters who get cut anyway. What other use are you going to have for ROB or Game and Watch? (if they get released) Out of the original line up I can only see Marth and Wii Fit Trainer getting discontinued. I'm not bothered about getting all of them, especially Wii Fit Trainer after seeing the horrible appendage they added to the final figure.

I was planning on buying some of the more interesting characters unlocked from Smash Bros anyway.



Baker1000 commented on Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Re...:

Basically this means they'll want to release it in the west. They aren't going to announce anything before Christmas - that would hurt sales. I'm gonna guess at a March release, because we usually get new handhelds around that sort of time.



Baker1000 commented on Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten ...:

I reckon they'll make another one. Just look at Kid Icarus, we all thought that was dead and gone. Metroid was absent for quite a long time before Metroid Prime. They've confirmed Star Fox, so I believe it won't be too many more years before they give F-Zero another entry.

I think part of the reason was failing find a decent control scheme for Wii, without going full Classic Controller. The motion controls were great for Mario Kart, but probably wouldn't suit the high speed demands of F-Zero. Just look at the Mario Golf/Tennis games. They skipped the Wii generation, with only a port of MPT with horrible Wii Sports style controls because they couldn't find a way to make a brilliant game with motion controls. (only a very average one with the MPT port).



Baker1000 commented on Preview: Going Retro On The Go With Ultimate N...:

So...nothing new and the actual remix part of the game isn't even present? I won't be buying it, as I already beat both the Wii U titles. I'm glad to see the likes of Wario's Woods and Clu Clu Land taken out, but IMO Ice Climber is so fiddly, especially on the smaller 3DS, that it should have been removed also.

I'm thankful you've cleared up the question of content though. I did wonder if it was anything new.



Baker1000 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Videos Show Off Compulsory Sc...:

So you don't get a little screwdriver in the box with the console? I'm not the only one thinking this is a massive oversight, am I? I know it's not difficult to find one, but you'd think they would just give you one of the correct size especially since you need to be able get the SD card out.

Anyway, I'm excited for this to come out in the UK. I'm just wondering how many of those faceplates we will even get. I'd rather not be forced to buy all the cool ones from overseas. I remember the promise of purchasable faceplates for the GB Micro. I don't think I ever saw one on sale.



Baker1000 commented on Official Nintendo Magazine Announces Closure i...:

Yeah, it was only a matter of time really. Staff were being relocated to other magazines within the company left, right and center. The website has been a ghost town for months now, it was clear they weren't going to be around much longer. It's a real shame, I always enjoyed their monthly features. I guess this will be my one and only place for everything Nintendo from now on.



Baker1000 commented on Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of I...:

Ice Climbers is a horrible game anyway. Definitely not a part of Nintendo's history to be proud of. If they want to make it up to fans who miss them, give us a remake of the game with decent physics and platforms where the edges aren't seemingly non-existent.



Baker1000 commented on Standard 3DS Consoles Will Have Limited Online...:

@billychaos Even though it's not confirmed yet, I see no reason why they wouldn't. When was the last time Nintendo didn't release a hardware upgrade outside of Japan? Actually, I don't know...which means it can't be recent. We'll get it, especially since certain games will exclusive to the console. I'm not talking about Xenoblade because I know it's not confirmed outside Japan either. There will be NEW games which use the C-stick and extra shoulder buttons released in first party series, so Nintendo will be keen to make sure we can all play them.



Baker1000 commented on Fret Not, Bravely Default's Agnes Oblige Will ...:

I thought the game would be set so far into the future that all the others had already died. If the old cast do all show up, they will probably be much older than Tiz now, since it seems he was kept in stasis for so long.



Baker1000 commented on Miiverse Update Eases Comment Restriction and ...:

YES! 200 was quite generous IMO, 400 is basically like giving us all free cake. I just wish Twitter would follow this example and up their limit to at least 200. It's embarrassing that Nintendo, who infamously "don't get" online can recognise that a social network needs a bigger character limit than 140.



Baker1000 commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial ...:

It depends how it affects online really. A second isn't really much of an advantage, but if the gap is able to grow further if people who practise it use it, then it becomes an issue. It's not as advantageous as snaking in MKDS by the looks of it, which really ruined the online. Nintendo probably should patch it since it seems unintentional.



Baker1000 commented on Video: What Could Xenoblade Chronicles Look Li...:

I can't believe you only featured the briefest of clips from Gaur Plain, and it wasn't even that spectacular part of it. That's left me disappointed really. Could we just have a one minute clip of you running through Gaur Plain?